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1066 and All That: A memorable history of England Paperback – September 25, 1993
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" How big was the bosum of the Pope"- candidates may use protractors,- " England was now "top nation "-discuss", are typical extracts from the mock test questions that follow every chapter.
Typically eclectic , charming and witty, the book actually manages to teach a lot of History whilst correcting many a misunderstanding and shedding light on a number of quite unusual topics.
Read the bit about the Scots, Picts and finally, Irish ( once Scots but now Irish) and the Picts living in Scotland but really Irish, and the Scots, formerly Irish but now living in Scotland ( or living in brackets!). Great fun -charming book!
Egypt is in a desert, and watered by irritation.
Handel was half-German, half-Italian, and half-English.
Lincoln lived at the Gettysburg Address.
And so on.
Well, in the days before email and websites (and photocopiers, to pass such gems around the office), these things did exist, and were, because of the difficulty in finding it by other means, published.
Much to our pleasure, one such collection can still be found. `1066 and All That' is a humourous if fractured look at British history. As an aid for the newly historically literate, this text tells you when something that happened is a Good Thing.
Here we find that Julius Caesar conquered Britain on the first date in British history (a very fortuitous coincidence, that) but failed to overrun the country, and left the natives, who were after all only natives, and completely lacking in the skill of making properly constructed Latin sentences such as Veni, Vidi, Vici (a quality absolutely required for gaining the appellation of 'civilised').
The Scots (originally Irish, but by now Scotch) were at this time inhabiting Ireland, having driven the Irish (Picts) out of Scotland; while the Picts (originally Scots) were now Irish (living in brackets) and vice versa. It is essential to keep these distinctions clearly in mind (and vice versa).Read more ›
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Silly history of England. It helps if you know the real history.Published 1 month ago by Sydney H. Pendleton
Not really a funny good. Authors fancy themselves something they are not.Published 6 months ago by GradStew
Purchased for my son and he is enjoying it. Son said he thought the book was a special edition, not sure if it is or not, and the condition was outstanding. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Retired CSM
This is a fun take on MEMORABLE British history. Lots of great jokes. Very entertaining and quick to read.Published 10 months ago by M. Heiss
History is roll-on-floor-laughing fun with this wry, often cynical, always funny retelling / altering of major events in Britain.Published 13 months ago by D. Witosky
I love this book. It is one of the funniest parodies I have read: in this case, of a study of the history of England. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James Kenney